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First Look – Google Docs Comes to Android

Posted by Alan at 5:25 PM on April 27, 2011

Today Google finally released a Docs app for Android.  It surprising that it took this long but the fact it’s finally here has been met with a lot of fanfare.  The app allows users to create, edit, upload and share their documents.  Edits appear the almost instantly for other collaborators.  In addition to documents, users can view PDF’s and images.  You can even upload new documents or take pictures of text and use Docs’ OCR to convert it.

To get started you will need to search for and download the new app from the Android Market.  Surprisingly it’s not a featured page 1 app.  In fact, it’s not even the first result for a search of Google Docs – it’s the second.

android market google docs

After it’s installed and you launch the app you will be greeted with the terms of service and some brief instructions about how to use your new app.  You will need to click OK to continue, but first you may want to give a quick read-through of the tips for using Google Docs for Android.

google docs for android terms of service

Once you are past that then you will be greeted with main Docs screen that allows you to choose from All Items, Collections, Starred, Documents, Images, and More.  More consists of Test, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.

google docs for android main screen

There’s a lot to play around with here and I will be doing so over the next few days.  It’s not a whole lot different from Docs on your PC, but there is likely to be some minor differences and stumbling blocks.  Over the coming days we will be going more in-depth with the various features and letting you know what we find and how it works.  In the meantime, if you are using it, tell us what you think in the comments.

One Comment

  1. From Nick at 6:35 am on April 28, 2011

    Looks like a good move by Google.

    Though it seems that this doesn’t work with offline, which is a shame. Hopefully they could implement that in the future.